When did you start your blog?
I started writing Daisybutter in October 2009 but in its very formative few weeks, I didn't have any focus for posts, topics or even my 'voice' online. I took a back seat, read some of the very first blogs I ever discovered (Pearls and Poodles, Zoella and Sophie Is Made Up, fyi!) and eventually began scribing my own everyday style and student musings in January 2010.
Have you had any other online presences?
I've been online ever since my Mama first installed our AOL dial-up! Anyone remember those tinny email notifications and 'write your own story' page on AOL? I started out, community wise, on Neopets, then Bebo and Xanga, moving over to Livejournal and MySpace where I had one of those amateur graphic and layout sites, dabbled briefly with the Soompi and AsianFanatics forums, and over to Facebook and Tumblr… I like the Internet, okay?!
Why did you start a blog?
I'd read about style blogs in Teen Vogue back in 2007 and fell in love with keeping up with Fashiontoast, Sea of Shoes and Style Scrapbook every day. I knew pretty early on, aged around fourteen, that I want to write about fashion and style, and hey presto, these seemed like a fun way to get started: creating my own content, making it all look pretty… Yes pur-lease.
When did you become serious about starting a blog?
I've never taken blogging very 'seriously'. I kinda roll with the punches, prioritising it as a main hobby because I really don't like leaving the house, and post ideas always slide into my mind, no matter what I'm doing. Once I became a little more involved in the community - thank you Milly, Lauren and Lily for helping me with the first stepping stones! - it became my favourite thing to do. I looked forward to coming home from Uni and writing about my outfit, how I put it together, how Uni was or wasn't working out for me...
What was your first post?
My first post (now marked as a draft!) was an outfit post featuring a pair of floral Topshop culottes that I still have today! My first post in January 2010 was my Burberry Prorsum runway report, now also a draft! I didn't think too much about a first post or 'introductory' post.
What has been your biggest challenge about blogging?
Hmm, this fluctuates on a weekly basis! Back at Uni, it was the challenge of knowing where I stood as a blogger, learning very quickly about the 'money making' side of things and balancing blogger events with my studies. I studied Writing Fashion and Culture at Southampton Solent University, and networking at events and being surrounded by the industry was SO valuable with some of my modules. Then it meandered off into challenges with anonymous commenters, to keeping up with my emails, and currently my challenge is fitting blogging consistently and 'well' around full-time employment.
Where do you see your blog in one year?
I would love to see Daisybutter expand into new territories and audiences. Of course I'd love to expand my readership a little, but I'd also love to shape it into more of an online destination, somewhere that my readers can read a blog post but also get more out of being on my site. I'd love to meet more bloggers and see new places with my blog too!
What is the most discouraging thing that has happened to you?
I get discouraged by less comments which is probably pretty odd! I'm an avid and serial blog commenter and love having that interaction with my readers, but there are midweek points where comment numbers lower and I get worried!
What's your lasting inspiration/motivation?
I'm inspired and motivated by the pace that the blogosphere evolves at. It's kinda fascinating to see the media shift from print to online, and notice just how influential bloggers are! I mean, designer collections take influence from the way bloggers put outfits together nowadays, I've spied Youtubers on big name adverts, and I've begun to carve my freelance career (partly) via my own blog.
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